The Sydney Harbour Bridge during Earth Hour, image Nick Lomb
As in March 2007 lights went out all over Sydney for Earth Hour 2008 organised by WWF Australia. Clouds, light rain and distant electrical storms put a slight dampener on observations of the night sky, but not on the event. Fortunately, there were plenty of gaps in the clouds so that the large number of visitors to Sydney Observatory could still see the rings of Saturn and other spectacles in the sky through the telescopes scattered in the grounds.
Here are a few more images of Earth Hour 2008 in Sydney:
Sydney Harbour Bridge before Earth Hour, image Nick Lomb
North Sydney during Earth Hour, image Nick Lomb
North Sydney before Earth Hour. Note the outrageously bright lights outlining the new building Innovation Place. Image Nick Lomb
Sydney Opera House during Earth Hour, image Nick Lomb
Sydney Opera House after Earth Hour, image Nick Lomb
Fireworks at the end of Earth Hour from behind the Toaster, maybe in the Botanical Gardens, image Nick Lomb
Brief video of fireworks at the end of Earth Hour 2008 filmed by Sydney Observatory.
As the wave of darkness sweeps round the globe for Earth Hour 2008, we can start contemplating Earth Hour 2009, which will be during the International Year of Astronomy. Could all cars be encouraged off the roads for an hour? Could we have a double length Earth Hour so that more people could see the sky through telescopes? We will see, but in Sydney in 2008 it was a great success.